June 22, 2014
Recently I started the French Capsule Challenge, where I aim to wear a small number of colors and clothes. I selected 21 items for 3 weeks. Since I was trying to create a ‘French or Parisian’ inspired capsule of only 3 (I ended up with 4-white, black, blue and kelly green) colors, I found myself pulling a few pieces from the donate bag, because the items would work well for my French Capsule Challenge wardrobe.
Why am I touching the donate bag?
I am naturally a slow closet purger. It usually takes me a long time to decide if something should go into the donate pile. And then I often wait at least a few weeks to ensure that I am done raiding the donate bag. Sometimes I don’t realize an item will work until after I’ve taken yet another look into my working closet. And that’s usually when I end up swapping items.
I added a total of 10 items to my working closet for the French Capsule Challenge wardrobe. Interestingly, all of these items were tops or toppers.
4 items were from the donate bag. I originally was going to donate these items because I’m not a fan of sleeveless tops and the rest of these pieces make my wardrobe look rather dark. However, these pieces work very well in my French Capsule Challenge wardrobe.
4 items were from the boutique (only 1 of the 5 tops is still in the boutique (second photo in this post) for spring/summer, the pink flower print top). These pieces were in the boutique specifically to coordinate with my cobalt jeans, which are in the French Capsule Challenge wardrobe. An additional two items are not shown, but were pulled from my fall/winter wardrobe (black blazer and black jeans).
The last time I counted the items in my spring/summer wardrobe, my total was 49. In addition to my French Capsule Challenge items, I’ve also added 1 t-shirt for gear use, and 1 workout outfit (top and bottom). This brings the total for my additions to 13, leaving me with a new spring/summer wardrobe total of 62, yikes! By adding 13 additional items, I’ve increased the size of my wardrobe by 26.5%.
Starting week 33, I have 62 items for my spring/summer capsule wardrobe:
- 9 bottoms (1 jean from fall/winter wardrobe)
- 1 hoodies (no change)
- 14 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added 1 cardigan from the boutique and 1 blazer from fall/winter)
- 5 knits (3/4 or LS, for layering; added 1 cable knit)
- 5 gear items (2 jeans and 2 hoodies; added 1 t-shirt)
- 3 shirts/blouses (added 1 blouse from the donate bag)
- 13 SS T’s/Tops (added 2 from the boutique, and 2 from the donate bag)
- 3 tanks (added 1 from the donate bag)
- 3 scarves (no change)
- 2 workout gear (top and bottom; added one top and one bottom; not shown in the closet photo)
- 4 dresses (no change)
Have you ever raided your donate bag(s)?